I have encountered some interesting feedback from users at my workplace who would like to use mattermost, but have quite specific requirements regarding the client (due to their working environment):
- maximum information in a small window (most compact use of screen space)
- rapid switching between channels
They have been using the Pidgin client and are happy with how compact they can make it and the fast channel switching using the channel tabs. Something like this screenshot:
Experiments with the mattermost client have not yet reached the bar on those requirements. We are using the desktop client and have enabled compact display mode and zoomed out to make everything smaller - but it is not enough; the side bar takes up too much space if visible, and if not visible then it is not fast enough to switch channels, and in any case even the compact message display uses too much space.
Another route we can go down is to use an IRC bridge to mattermost and connect to that from Pidgin - however we only get basic mattermost functionality in that setup.
I don’t know if there is anything else we can try, or whether there would be any interest in supporting a client as compact as the Pidgin style, with channel tabs?